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Is there a “hybrid attack” on the border between Poland and Belarus? 7 questions and answers

11 November, 2021 · European Union · Belarus

Hybrid attack? The picture is from the Polish side of the border. On the other side there are only families and young people going cold and thirsty.
Hybrid attack? The picture is from the Polish side of the border. On the other side there are only families and young people going cold and thirsty.

Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has been talking about “a new kind of war” for days. The Baltic governments speak of “the biggest security threat in the last 30 years.” EU Council President Michel calls the arrival of a few hundred migrants a “brutal, hybrid, violent and undignified attack.” And the most enthusiastic European press echoes him today: “We are facing a hybrid attack from a clearly hostile neighbor” editorialized El País. But are we really facing a “hybrid war” action? Are a few hundred refugees a threat? To whom?

Refugee crisis in Lithuania and Poland: 4 basic questions on a new episode of barbarity against the weakest

10 November, 2021 · European Union · Belarus

Refugee crisis in Poland

A thousand refugees and migrants at the border may seem commonplace in Mediterranean countries. But on the eastern borders of the EU this means a full-fledged refugee crisis mobilizing the army and serving as the basis for a brutal nationalist and racist campaign. In a perverse game between the dictator of Belarus and the rulers of Poland, Lithuania, Hungary and Greece, it is serving as a means of ending the few remaining guarantees for refugees and migrants in Europe. “The right of asylum, as laid down in European law, no longer exists throughout Europe,” sentenced Spiegel yesterday.

Poland and the EU’s Future: Questions and Answers

9 October, 2021 · European Union

Poland and EU

What is the problem between the EU and Poland? Is the authoritarian drift of Hungary and Poland real or just an excuse? Do the Polish arguments have any basis? Does the PiS (Polish ruling party) want a “Polexit”? Why is this battle so important and why is the European Commission being so blunt now?

The future of Europe after the U.S. “Pivot to Asia”

19 September, 2021 · Europe · European Union

People walk past flags set at half-mast outside the European Commission Headquarters.
People walk past flags set at half-mast outside the European Commission Headquarters.

Australia breaking its naval contract with France as part of the birth of AUKUS, is just “the tip of the iceberg” according to a senior British Foreign Office official. It is the culmination of President Obama’s “pivot to Asia,” as asserted by the US, recalling that “no matter how much one pretends otherwise it is impossible to pivot to Asia without turning away from other places.” The European ruling classes translate this as the end of a historical period in which they could rely – not without contradictions – on the US to defend their own imperialist interests. The future of Europe is changing.

State of the Union 2021

16 September, 2021 · European Union

Von der Leyen addresses a nearly empty Parliament in the State of the Union 2021 debate.
Von der Leyen addresses a nearly empty Parliament in the State of the Union 2021 debate.

Yesterday the European Parliament held the State of the Union 2021 debate. In her speech, Ursula von der Leyen skipped central issues and tensions between countries in order to emphasize the constituent tone with which the Commission tries to curtail the memory of the many social disasters it drives and coordinates: from its infamous border and migration policy to the vaccination campaign via the impact of the Green Deal on the electricity bill.

Afghan refugees and feminism

23 August, 2021 · European Union

Afghan refugees arrived to Torrejón, Spain
Afghan refugees arrived to Torrejón, Spain

The policy on Afghan refugees puts feminism back in the spotlight. After the Taliban conquest of Kabul, the main EU countries made it clear that they would only provide shelter for a few direct collaborators and the upper echelons of the Afghan bourgeoisie. However, a clear message soon began to become hegemonic among politicians: even within the fortunate group of local elites there would be differences based on gender.

Refugees: new policies show EU’s lies and hypocrisies

17 July, 2021 · European Union

Greek police detain a Syrian refugee boy after beating him in a scene that became famous.
Greek police detain a Syrian refugee boy after beating him in a scene that became famous.

Over the past month EU countries such as Denmark and Lithuania have unabashedly espoused new inhumane, if not criminal, policies towards migrants and refugees seeking asylum. Spiegel’s revelations and the European Parliament’s investigation have shown the involvement of border police in Italy, Malta, Greece and the head of Frontex, an EU agency, in real crimes against humanity. But this time there is no crisis or problem. The true face of an EU that routinely uses “Rule of Law” and “Human Rights” as imperialist propaganda is made visible.

“Fit for 55”: the Green Deal is accelerating… in order to reduce by more than 20% the purchasing power of your salary

16 July, 2021 · European Union

Ursula von der Leyen, Timmersmans and three commissioners - Kadri Simson, Paolo Gentiloni and Adina-Ioana Valean - present the "Fit for 55" package in Brussels under the slogan "Delivering the European Green Pact".
Ursula von der Leyen, Timmersmans and three commissioners - Kadri Simson, Paolo Gentiloni and Adina-Ioana Valean - present the "Fit for 55" package in Brussels under the slogan "Delivering the European Green Pact".

The European Commission presented this week “Fit for 55”, a package of measures aimed at developing the European Climate Law. The stated aim is to reduce by 2030 emissions in the EU countries as a whole to 55% of what they were in 1990. The media linger on the end of cheap flights and the ban on the sale of cars with combustion engines by 2035. But first and foremost it is a way to inflate the speculative emissions market at the cost of higher fuel, heating, transport, food and construction prices.

Green Deal in the cities: The end of semi-detached housing and the twilight of urban upgrading projects

8 June, 2021 · European Union

The green deal in cities requires continuity and proximity between logistics centers, demand and renewable energy sources.
The green deal in cities requires continuity and proximity between logistics centers, demand and renewable energy sources.

The impact of the Green Deal on European cities has begun. In Germany, the development of new terraced housing estates is halted in the midst of a general price hike. In Spain, a new ideological campaign charges against urban upgrading projects (“PAU” in Spanish). The EU speaks of a “New European Bauhaus”, but in reality this is the need to accompany the Green Deal in the cities with measures to ensure the profitability of new logistics and energy macro-investments.

Meat and dairy, the new luxury products of the Green Deal

23 May, 2021 · European Union

With the imposition of a drastic reduction in the consumption of meat and dairy products, the popular parties with steaks, barbecues and steaks will remain memories of the past.
With the imposition of a drastic reduction in the consumption of meat and dairy products, the popular parties with steaks, barbecues and steaks will remain memories of the past.

The Italian superminister for climate change began his mandate by going against meat and dairy consumption; the Spanish government in its 2050 plan, presented yesterday, endorses Greenpeace’s doctrine and proposes to halve consumption by raising prices; in Germany ending cheap meat is one of the main proposals of the Green party, which is likely to head the next government. Meat, dairy and other high-quality protein foods are well on their way to becoming luxury products. With the Green Deal, the diet of the working class is once again the terrain of class struggle.

Porto Social Commitment: the EU’s 2030 precarization program

12 May, 2021 · European Union

Michel, franked by von der Leyen and Costa shows the signed text of the "Porto Social Commitment".
Michel, franked by von der Leyen and Costa shows the signed text of the "Porto Social Commitment".

The EU’s Porto Social Summit unveils, decades later, its long-promised “social pillar” program. The “Porto Social Commitment” has been triumphantly presented as a shift towards employment and workers, a return to the welfare discourse that would definitively close the door to more precariousness and “austerity”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The commitment will be austerity’s banner.

Recovery plans are coming to light… but half-concealed

29 April, 2021 · European Union

French minister of Economic Affairs Le Maire and his German counterpart Scholz, who presented yesterday together their respective recovery plans.
French minister of Economic Affairs Le Maire and his German counterpart Scholz, who presented yesterday together their respective recovery plans.

France and Germany jointly unveiled their recovery plans yesterday. Italy and Spain did not join the ceremony but had agreed on the date with Berlin and Paris and presented them on their own. They were in a hurry.

European Climate Law: questions and answers

23 April, 2021 · European Union

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans takes a selfie today at 5:05AM (Central European Time), as agreement is finally reached on the European Climate Bill.
European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans takes a selfie today at 5:05AM (Central European Time), as agreement is finally reached on the European Climate Bill.

Yesterday, the EU reached a provisional agreement on the European Climate Law. In case there were any doubts, the objectives are explicit: To provide predictability to investors and to ensure that the transformations generated by the Green Deal in industries and capital markets are irreversible. Moreover, in concrete terms, the European Climate Law represents an acceleration in the speed of change. No one is unaware of the reason behind the rush: U.S. and China at odds for virtually everything else, are about to turn the Biden summit into the staging of a two-way split of the capital markets they hope to revive.

Will the far right be outlawed in Europe?

14 March, 2021 · European Union

Génération Identitaire: youth movement of the French far right

Is Europe moving towards outlawing the extreme right wing? In Germany, the state’s counterinsurgency services have begun a process in the middle of an election year that could well lead to the dissolution of AfD, currently the main opposition party. In France, the government has dissolved one of the most powerful far-right wing youth groups. In Austria they are following the same path. But… Are they trying to take the far right off the board, or are they trying to do something else?

IWD and Covid: lies and half-truths 1 year later

25 February, 2021 · European Union

IWD and Covid
Madrid this Sunday: «The only dangerous virus is your male chovinism», says the text.

IWD and Covid will be linked for a long time in Spain. One year ago now, prioritizing the liturgy of IWD over the emerging Covid epidemic meant the acceleration of a slaughter that we are still far from getting rid of today and about which we are still being shrouded with dangerous half-truths.

Russia, China, the “green deal” and the inevitable growth of “external interference” in the EU

11 February, 2021 · European Union

Borrell and Lavrov

The more contradictory the national interests within the EU, the more incentive Brussels has to try to counter them with more outward protectionism – which inevitably triggers its trade rivals – and new moves forward – such as vaccine centralization – that put the Commission and the interests it represents in a weaker position in the face of interference from those same rival states.

It’s not Navalny, it’s the gas pipeline

5 February, 2021 · European Union

European Commissioner for External Action Josep Borrell landed in Moscow today. The eastern countries and France, but especially the US, are pushing Germany to halt the final section of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline works and see the opportunity for the Commission to mutualize the decision by dressing it up as retaliation against Russia. For now, the visit is providing evidence that tensions within the EU and NATO are not smaller than those pitting Germany against Russia.

This is what they meant by “recovery”

26 January, 2021 · European Union

When we read the business press, capital seems happy. According to Oxfam, the global bourgeoisie has already made up for its wealth losses. The Swiss bank has doubled its profits. And listed companies are heading for a dividend recovery.

Vaccination Problems and German Instrumentalization of the EU

16 January, 2021 · European Union

EU politicians are right about one thing: delaying vaccination hurts capital and its businesses and above all -even if they try to render it invisible- it costs the lives of workers and the general population. If, as they point out and appears likely, this delay is partly due to a narrow choice of main supplier to create a biotechnological champion, the EU would have shown to what extent the peaceful and civilized European project is capable of the worst crimes to serve the interests of German capital.

New rifts within the EU

20 November, 2020 · European Union

Victor Orban

The so-called locomotives of the EU, France and Germany, are increasingly divided and confronted with each other. Their attempts to give momentum end up being counterproductive, separating sometimes the East, sometimes the South. At this point it is undeniable that the pandemic and the recession have accelerated the process of implosion of the EU. And there is no let up and no respite.

From political crisis to state crisis

17 October, 2020 · European Union

Presentation of the frist "Rule of Law Report" by the E.C. in Brussels.

What lies beneath all this debate about the “rule of law”? Why does it appear precisely in Hungary, Poland and now Spain? Where does it lead to an EU that is only in the early stages of a new recession?

The “recovery” funds and the Germanization of Europe

6 October, 2020 · European Union

The so-called recovery fund is becoming not only a way to accelerate the transfer of income from labor to capital throughout the continent, aggravating the conditions of exploitation of the vast majority of workers, but also is becoming the way in which Germany conditions the development of Europe.

Can the European “Recovery” Fund ease the crisis?

27 July, 2020 · European Union

Conte and Sánchez last summer.

The low volume of the “recovery” funds turns them into a mere cover of the “austerity” promoted by the EU, with all that it means for the workers as a forced reduction of the general exploitation costs of the labor power: less healthcare services, education, social cohesion, etc. But this “austerity”would remain a mere appetizer for the general offensive against workers’ conditions implied by the “reforms” aimed at by this “recovery fund”.

EU funds: when “aid” means cutbacks, precariousness and attacks on pensions

22 July, 2020 · European Union

For the workers of the countries that have been affected, the credits really are cutbacks and the direct aid that they receive will only serve to accelerate the transfer of income from labor to capital. And in the case anyone had hoped that the European Council could serve to prevent the escalation of war in the Mediterranean and the horizon of barbarism that it opens, they were deeply mistaken.

Goodbye, cheap meat

3 June, 2020 · European Union

Germany is getting ready toend off, via taxes, cheap meat. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Under the “green deal” comes an accelerated transformation towards “bio” livestock and agriculture that, at least temporarily, would entail non-tariff barriers to imports from outside the EU and a way to attract capital to the countryside. A trend is beginning that will end the era of cheap meat.

Franco-German proposal: swan song or a “new beginning”?

20 May, 2020 · European Union

Germany wants an empire that will buy its overproduction and generate applications of capital, with a currency subordinated to its logic of accumulation, a Central Bank subordinated to its courts and a well-controlled nuclear army… but also wants to organize everything at a bargain price. No, the scaffolding does not seem to be solid enough for this historic era of economic, political and social tornadoes and hurricanes. But is there anything to be regretted? Are we workers losing something important with the collapse of the “European perspective”?

Europe is breaking down

18 May, 2020 · European Union

Poster in the European Commission building stating that "Europe is the future".

This evening Macron and Merkel will be presenting their “salvation of the EU”. But in today’s historical conditions, every step forward is one step closer to a zombie structure.

Is there a way out of the EU’s contradictions?

20 April, 2020 · European Union

People walk past flags set at half-mast outside the European Commission Headquarters.
People walk past flags set at half-mast outside the European Commission Headquarters.

The EU cannot resolve its contradictions, only by raising them again and again to a higher level, in the hope that the developing global environment of “economic warfare” will be enough, as external pressure, to precariously hold the structure together.

Coronabonds and the end of the EU

8 April, 2020 · European Union

Even if an agreement on debt mutualization were reached today or in the next few days, what would follow would be a struggle to change rules, protect national sector-based markets and reduce the interdependence among national bourgeoisies. And so the EU would also dry up and the old reactionary dream of the United States of Europe would come to an end, not with a bang but with a whimpe

EU plans the “recovery” after Covid

25 March, 2020 · European Union

Von der Leyen in the Spanish TV.

Winners and losers of the inter-imperialist brawls in the EU have a common objective: “recovery”, in other words, organizing a brutal transfer of income from labor to capital. Once again, as always, as in any imperialist conflict, the main enemy is within the country itself.

Will the EU survive the coronavirus?

17 March, 2020 · European Union

If anyone ever believed that the European Union could serve to moderate the appetites of national capitals and put the most basic universal human needs first, they can see their hopes refuted today, once again, with absolute clarity. On the other hand, those who doubted the ability of the working class to stand up to the barbarity of capital across national borders have a palpable demonstration these days of how the working class not only exists as a universal class but that its struggle is the only one capable of affirming the primacy of human needs effectively and across borders.